The market for action cams is growing steadily; new developments need not only a modern resolution but also have to offer with special features. This is where Insta360 comes to the IFA 2017 with its new one. The 360-degree camera can be used both as a standalone camera and on a smartphone.
The Insta360 One is barely ten inches long and weighs around 80 grams. The heart of the camera are two Sony sensors in the format 1 / 2.3 inches. The lens pairs have a light intensity of aperture F2.2. The video resolution is a maximum of 3,840 × 1,920 pixels at 30 frames per second. At a reduced resolution, you can record with a maximum of 120 images per second.
Photo captures are captured with 24 megapixels and can also be saved in RAW format. A 6-axis image stabilizer is available for stabilization. The 820 mAh battery should be sufficient according to the manufacturer for the recording of about 70 minutes. The enclosure is also certified to IP68. Meanwhile, the One is only compatible with selected iOS devices (iPhone from SE upwards, iPad Pro and iPad mini 4). An Android version is to follow soon.
Stand-alone and as a smartphone clip
As usual, the Insta360 One can be used with a variety of attachment devices using a tripod thread for a variety of applications. As a special feature, the camera can be connected to selected iOS devices via a lightning port. However, the principle is not new and has already been adopted by DXO in October 2015, also under the name ONE.
The recordings can be processed in the follow-up with the app. Videos can be zoomed, for example, and certain objects or persons can be tracked via tracking. Photos can be converted into “Little Planet” images. The Insta360 One is now available for around 360 euros.
Ball camera with 6 lenses for the professional
The manufacturer also shows the Insta360 Pro, which was recently introduced. As possible applications the manufacturer counts, for example, concerts or documentations. The camera has the shape of a ball and is about 14 centimeters in diameter. The approximately 1.2 kilogram heavy carbon and aluminum ball has six lenses, each equipped with fisheye lenses. In Live mode, the Insta360 Pro can record sequences of up to 3,840 × 1,920 pixels at 30 frames per second. In post-stitching mode, the possible resolution increases to 7.680 × 3.840 pixels. The battery has a nominal power of 5,000 mAh and is intended to provide power for about 75 minutes. The company calls the price of approximately 3,500 US dollars.